Franey Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

Franey Trail is a 7.2 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kings, Nova Scotia, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.2 km
339 m

dogs on leash



trail running






One of the more popular trails on the East Side of the Cabot Trail, Franey offers a great view point down a valley and over Ignomish and Middle Head. One can hike up and back the trail or make a loop by taking a Forest Road back down. The trail is well maintained but is steep in some locations, but steps are usually provided. The Forest Road takes you by a lake and offers potential for wildlife viewing.

15 days ago

A steep hour long climb up to great views over the clyburn valley and ingonish area. A loop trail. The trail is a old access road less steep and easier in the knees but long and boring. A couple lake lookouts.

16 days ago

Hike up was challenging. Great views from the top. Bring snacks and water. My 11 year old son brought a book and stopped to read a chapter when we reached the top ( 4 km marker). Took the ATV trail back down.

27 days ago

Always a great hike with spectacular views. A good workout going up but how hard you will work is variable—you can determine the right pace for you. The back road, my usual way down, is an easy forest walk. A hike not to miss.

1 month ago

A challenging trail with a very steady ascent to the top but the payoff is certainly worth it. This trail rivals Skyline for the view from the top. absolutely fantastic!!

1 month ago

Best of the bests..don't miss out the second view point just after the main view point . it is amazing

1 month ago

Best view!

1 month ago

Franey does not disappoint! The view from the top was amazing! It is pretty demanding but doable for sure. We came back the road and were glad we did because the ascent was tough. Has to be one of the best hikes in Cape Breton!

2 months ago

Heaven on earth..

3 months ago

Wow! What an incredible hike. A group of 7 of us did this hike today (on May 1st). It definitely isn’t an easy trail, but it is also not hard. Moderate is a fair rating. Very steep at some point, but only for shorter spurts. I would recommend waiting until mid-May if you’re planning on going. The descending part of the loop was still VERY snowy and had a lot of fallen trees, so it might actually be wise to descend the same way as the ascend until the snow is gone. All of our socks got incredibly wet in our hiking boots. Still worth it for the amazing views at the top, and the delightful hike. It was cloudy/foggy when we began, but by the time we got to the top, we made it over the fog and it was great. It took about 3.5 hours with a substantial break at the top. Such a fun time!

4 months ago

amazing view. bring a beer to the top to enjoy the hard work. I suggest going up and down the same side. the windy road back down is easier but feels like it takes forever and not scenic at all.

7 months ago

hiked this a few years ago. loved it!

9 months ago

wonderful place!

10 months ago

We were suppose to hike Skyline on the west side of Cape Breton, but fog rolled in. Franey was our next choice and did not disappoint at all. Great hike, great views. Up and back as the loop is not challenging.

11 months ago

Great hike. Incredible views of the Ingonish area. This was our first time hiking Franey. We've hiked Skyline numerous times. The views from Franey are more breath taking then Skyline.

11 months ago

Amazing view

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Nice views, a lake, some small streams. I recommend going up counter clockwise for an easier accent.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Loved the scenery

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Tough but good to the top. Great views on top. Gravel road down

Friday, August 11, 2017

This is a beautiful trail! It is 1400+ feet to the top. The app says this is a moderate trail , however, I consider it very challenging. The first half is about a 45 degree incline to the top, over rocks and roots and the second half , although not as picturesque, is easier walking however there is loose rock terrain making your footing uncertain. Lots of signs of wild life (bear scat, moose droppings , and coyote). Didn't happen to run in to any though ( thankfully). If you want a great work out and about 4 hours of hiking, this trail doesn't disappoint. Bring lots of water! One bottle is not enough! I agree with others who have said , when you think you're at the top you're not! Keep going until you see the red chair! Stunning views make all your hard work worth it.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Not outstanding in summer. The view from the top is nice, but I'm not sure it's worth the hike up there unless you just really like walking through the forest. However, I think this would be stunning in fall.

I definitely wouldn't do the entire loop unless you're there in fall. The southeast portion of the trail is probably what most folks do first. I would do an out and back along this route. The longer portion (that I don't recommend) is so buggy. There were just so many flies and sweat bees that weren't present on the first half. Plus, it's longer, and there's not really anything to see.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The first half is pretty challenging if you're someone who's used to being at sea level, but the views are 100% worth it. The second half of the loop is pretty boring, but easy.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Climb is well worth the Views

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great hike! We did this on a beautiful day at the end of April and there was still a lot of snow on the trail, so much that we were able to snowshoe the whole thing. Great views and had the mountain to ourselves. Saw lots of animal tracks and a couple piles of bear scat. We couldn't do the loop as the trail was snowed out still so took the fire road up and down. Highly recommend!

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Nice relatively easy hike with a great payoff at the end.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Stunning views. When you think you're at the top, you're not quite there. Keep going until you get to the red chair. Absolutely worth the climb.

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